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Wish You Were Here-Experience [Import]

Pink Floyd Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0060KH66U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raving & Drooling 7 Nov 2011
By Puffany
Format:Audio CD
I already give the original album 5 stars and it's been reviewed a zillion times. The interest here is in the 2nd disc. After hearing a few bootlegs from the Wish You Were Here tour over the years, I'm already familiar with the 2 tracks `Raving & Drooling' & `You've Got To Be Crazy', which were renamed when they finally appeared on the Animals album released in 1977. To me, the intensity and energy of those tracks performed live on the WYWH tour were the highlights of that tour. This live recording of Shine, Raving & Crazy is amazing. The performances are top-notch and the audio is so clean and fresh to the ears - you can't beat this for a live 1974 recording. I wasn't sure of what to expect because of some live discs I've heard included in Deluxe albums released by other artists that were hardly better than an average bootleg. This will blow you away - turn it up!!
Wine Glasses - can't tell you much about it except that it doesn't offend the ears.
The alternate versions of Have a Cigar & Wish You Were Here are of real interest for any hardcore fan.
Roger & the boys supply the vocals on this version of Have a Cigar. Waters didn't think his vocals were right for this track at the time. Roy Harper happened to be recording an album at the same studios at the time so Floyd asked him for his assistance for the original album version.
The actual structure of Wish You Were Here is different, let alone a different lead at the start from Gilmour. Add to that the violin solo played by French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli up high in the mix as a lead instrument and you have something very different from the familiar version.

Pros and Cons of disc 2:
Pros: the whole of disc 2 is what a lot of us fans have prayed for.
Cons: not enough live material. It would've been awesome to have the whole Wembley gig, warts and all.

Excellent release.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish you had it 8 Nov 2011
By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Another sonic feast from the remastering session undertaken by James Guthrie and Joel Plante at Das Boot Recording. This album has been improved significantly, as have the rest by this remastering, better stereo separation, as can be heard at the start of Shine On, the warbling sounds and the keyboards are so well defined in the stereo image that it possible to hear that each note comes from a different place. Everything sounds so much better and realistic when compared to the previous issues, cleaner, clearer, less obviously digital(an oxymoron if ever), better bass, again for the bass and also the keyboards, easier to understand singing, better harmonic content and so on.......

The bonus cd is by turns wonderful and yet a reminder of what could have been. The live 74 gig stuff is outstanding in sound quality and makes the missing Echoes all the more frustrating, why was it left out? Raving and Youv'e Got To Be could have gone onto an Animals bonus cd and Echoes thrown on here, or onto another bonus cd for Meddle. Anyway, these are all fine tracks. Wine Glasses is superb, I loved it, and now know where the intro for Shine On came from. The vocals on the alternative Have a Cigar are first class, can't see why they got Roy Harper in for that one. The Stephane Grapelli violin playing adds a really powerful emotional layer to Wish You Were Here that surprised me, again superb stuff.

Overall a magnificent addition to any Floyd fans collection. Highly recommended.

edit - it has struck me going back through this album and the Animals album just how much Rick Wright contributed to the Floyd sound. I would put this and Animals up as testament to the skill and musicianmanship of Rick as being second to none for getting a mood across.
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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful rock albums ever. 20 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wish You Were Here really has to be listened to all the way through from start to finish in one sitting. Any other way just doesn't do it justice. David Gilmour's opening guitar notes on Shine On You Crazy Diamond ring out like cathedral bells and this was the inspiration for Roger Waters' haunting lyrical tribute to lost band member Syd Barrett. Welcome to the Machine is a gutsy attack on the recording industry and has to be heard just for the clarity of the stereo acoustic guitars ringing out over the swooshing synthesizers and rolling tympanies. Have A Cigar features Roy Harper on vocals and funky guitars and continues the disillusioned rock star theme. The absolute classic Wish You Were Here follows, with one of the best openings of any rock song ever produced. Shine On You Crazy Diamond returns to conclude the album. If there is a better album from this era, I'd like to know what it is. The packaging of this album (designed by long-time Pink Floyd cohort, Storm Thorgerson) is as equally as impressive as the music itself and likewise deserves to be studied at length. Although released in 1975, this album has not aged or become dated with the passing of time at all. Buy it.
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album, Disappointing Box 7 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
There is no question that Wish You Were Here is a 5 star album, but this Immersion box set is over priced and a disappointment.

Firstly, at the time of writing, it costs the same as the Dark Side Of The Moon Immersion box, 84.99, but contains one less disc. At least the Dark Side box contained an extra CD of demos and alternate mixes, which made it a little more desirable.

Discs 1 & 2, the remastered original album and bonus tracks, can be bought for 12.93 as part of the Experience edition.
For your extra 70+, you get 2 DVDs and a Blu Ray disc, replicating the DVD contents. Therefore, if you have a Blu Ray player, the DVDs are redundant. There is no doubt, however, that this is where the holy grail is contained, with the release of the long awaited 5.1 mix of the album, in addition to the original 1975 Quadrophonic mix and concert screen films.

As with the Dark Side set, the rest of the box is filled with 'collectibles', most rather pointless and of 'cheap' quality. The two photo books are flimsy and lack much content, the scarf and marbles are pointless, & the print, collector's cards, replica ticket and backstage pass are interesting to look at once, but you won't need to return to them again. EMI could have left all these out and cut the price.

If you have an SACD player, I would recommend buying the SACD instead, which contains the 2011 remaster and 5.1 mix. Although it has to be imported, it is available from European online sites for around 30, including shipping. That way, you can still own the 5.1 mix and save yourself 50 odd quid.
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